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Kleinhans annexes Amarider
- Updated: May 20, 2009
Erik Kleinhans won the inaugural Amarider 100 Miler, held in the rain-drenched Swartland at the weekend.
Two hundred riders, including some of South Africa’s top mountain-bikers, took up the challenge which started in Durbanville and took riders on a challenging ride┬á to Paarl.
Kleinhans was flying on the day, completing the three legs of 48km, 63km and 50km (with three compulsory timing checkpoints)┬áin an impressive combined time of 6hr 51min 26sec, to secure victory in the overall men’s category.
Shan Wilson came in second, while Petrus Malherbe finished third.
Yolande de Villiers won top spot in the women category when she crossed the finish line in a combined time of 8hr 2min 28sec with Hanlie Booyens second and Hannele Steyn-Kotze third.
In the team competitions, where three riders had to reach the finish line, the overall team category ‘Team DCM & Erik’ finished first, while ‘Team Anderson/Starsouth 1’ came in second and ‘Team Cycle Lab/Toyota’ came in third.
According to event organiser Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, the popularity of endurance events for mountain bikers has literally exploded during recent years.┬á ‘This was definitely a motivating factor behind the creation of a new mountain bike race.┬á This new route proved to be a quite a test for the riders, but at the same time we made sure that it was accessible as we selected winding dirt roads and jeep tracks for the course.
‘Although the route was not too technical, the event was definitely not for beginners. The riders had the toughest rides of their lives, but even those who did not complete the race, were positive to get as far as they did.┬á Those who completed the event realised that they achieved something very memorable and many riders who pulled out at the different check points have responded very positively.
‘They now have “unfinished business” and will certainly be back next year.┬á The event was a huge success and we believe that it will definitely grow next year,’ mentions Botha.
The race was a fundraising event for the Amarider organisation, a non-profit company which facilitates the development of mountain biking routes.┬á Participants competed in three different categories, namely as solo riders, three-member relay teams or in teams of four, where all four riders needed to complete the whole distance.
The next exciting event on Dirtopia’s calendar is the Dirtopia Nine-to-Five Mountain Bike Team Relay taking place at Delvera Farm on Tuesday, 16 June also in aid of the African Mountain Bike Association.
For more information on the Amarider 100 Miler visit www.amarider.co.za.┬á To enter the Dirtopia Nine-to-Five Mountain Bike Team Relay visit www.dirtopia.co.za or contact (021) 884-4752.